A few weeks ago I fell asleep on my sofa and woke up at half past midnight to find political blogger Iain Dale on my telly, reading through the day’s newspaper headlines. It was at that moment that I realised that political blogging, which has been huge in America for a few years with sites like the Daily Kos and Huffington Post getting more readers than The Times, had finally hit the mainstream here in the UK. The BBC’s Alan Connor recently put together a comprehensive list of political blogs if you’d like to have a look at what’s out there.
With political blogs getting lots of attention from the media and political strategists alike, and Manchester playing host to the Labour Party Conference from 24-28 September, the Political Bloggers Panel being organised by local blogger Manchizzle is likely to be a popular event.
On the podium at Urbis from 4pm on Sunday the 24th of September will be Norman Geras, Professor Emeritus at Manchester University and author of Normblog, the Press Gazette’s Martin Stabe and Bill Jones, a former Manchester University lecturer and author of several books on politics who blogs at Skipper.